On October 26, 2023, the Supreme Court of North Dakota issued a reprimand in the matter of reciprocal discipline involving Attorney Timothy P. Hill.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Reciprocal Discipline of Timothy P. Hill” with case no. 20230296.
The record reveals that the State of Minnesota suspended Hill for his failure to place flat fees into a trust account, a violation of Minnesota law due to the absence of a compliant fee agreement. The Disciplinary Board, in accordance with N.D.R. Lawyer Discpl. 4.4(D), notified the Supreme Court of North Dakota of its recommendation for reciprocal discipline on August 28, 2023.
Following the notification, Hill was served notice under N.D.R. Lawyer Discipl. 4.4(B), providing him with 30 days to contest the identical discipline’s imposition in North Dakota. In response, Hill, on August 9, 2023, entered into a “Stipulation of Consent to Discipline” with the Disciplinary Board, arguing that the differences in North Dakota’s practice, rule language, and factors considered for sanctions warranted substantially different discipline.
The court considered these differences, particularly regarding flat fee agreements, noting that the practice in North Dakota at the time differed from Minnesota. Rule 1.5, N.D.R. Prof. Conduct was amended in July 2023 to align with the practice of flat fee agreements.
As a result, the North Dakota Supreme Court ordered the reprimand of Timothy P. Hill, emphasizing that the misconduct in question would warrant substantially different discipline within the state.
According to Avvo, Mr. Hill is a child custody attorney in Fargo, North Dakota. He attended the University of North Dakota School of Law. He obtained his law license in North Dakota in 1987.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.